Why Study Development Studies?

Development Studies (or the study of international development) is concerned with the study of global patterns of poverty, exclusion and insecurity and their causes and of options to address them both nationally and internationally. Most people who live in extreme poverty live in conflict-affected states, so our MA International Security and Development, for instance, offers students the opportunity to study the relationship between poverty and insecurity and the role that security and social order can play in helping alleviate poverty.

Our MA Development and Human Rights allows students to study the connection between poverty and the denial of human rights, and of options to break the destructive cycle. And our MA International Communication and Development allows students to study the role of the global ‘digital divide’ in exacerbating poverty and of options to use digital communication technologies to tackle poverty and to promote social inclusion.     

Our Programmes

Development Studies at Swansea University is offered as Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes and also Research Degrees.

Some of our current research students topics include:

  • International Development Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Gender and Development
  • Prospects for the South African Development Community
  • Planning International Development Programmes

Please contact Professor Roland Axtmann for information on MA by Research, M.Phil and PhD

More information on postgraduate study.

Student Experience


Swansea's multicultural campus community provides a global perspective and opportunities to for Development Studies Postgraduate students to gain skills that last a lifetime.

Our Staff and Research

Also other Academic Staff from the Department of Political and Cultural Studies

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What our Students Say!

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Wales, UK. 

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